A Programmer's Dream

XML DTD as Data Requirements

Posted by Stephen Wrighton on 24 Mar 2008

I've forgotten how much I've enjoyed generating requirements. There's something almost soothing about generating a System Specification from a bunch of functional descriptions, and then derive that down to a series of Software Requirements Specs which can be used to actually build software.

It's fun.

Anyways, now that I'm about to push on to design documents, I realize that I'll need to generate some DTDs for XML Messages which I'll be sending back and forth as well as utilizing as local data storage.

Luckily, I have found a tool for that. Hit Software has an online converter which takes in an XML file and generates either a DTD or an XML SCHEMA. Additionally, you can import a DTD and get back the XML SCHEMA. Makes generating those things bunches easier.

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